Area 10 Handbell Conference – 2019

June 28 – 30

Everett Community College

Everett, WA




…to learn something new! Everyone, even the most advanced ringers can learn something from a
fellow ringer, workshop leader or conductor and from listening to and watching performances. We are
all still perfecting the art of ringing handbells, growing into the best Handbell Musician we can be.
…to meet other bell choirs, reconnect with your handbell family, get to know other ringers and
directors, and ring some of the best music available today under superb directors.
…because if you have never experienced it before, you’re in for an unforgettable weekend with some
of the nicest people, and the best bell ringing in the Northwest.

LOCATION: Everett Washington

Everett Community College’s Walt Price Fitness Center and neighboring Liberty Hall; 2000 Tower St,
Everett, WA. The Walt Price Fitness Center will be our hub; the gym will be the main ringing floor and
the location of our Friday and Saturday evening concerts. The Fitness Center Multipurpose room will
house the Bronze Conference Choir rehearsals with the general workshops to be held in classrooms at
Liberty Hall just steps from the fitness center, click here for the Campus Map. There will be free parking on campus near the Walt Price Fitness Center.


Our guest Clinicians are: Sondra Tucker and Matthew Compton. Sondra will conduct the Bronze
Conference Choir and the Massed Ringing while Matthew will conduct the TINS and COPPERS divisions.
See below for Conductor bios.

WHEN: Friday June 28-Sunday June 30, 2019

A detailed general schedule can be found here. Registration and set-up will begin at noon on Friday
with rehearsals, workshops and certification classes beginning at 1pm.


A weekend of ringing and workshops to assist you on your journey to becoming the ringer you were
meant to be. This year we are offering Handbell Musicians of America Certification Classes; Conducting
1 and Handbell Techniques 1. Click here for more information on these classes and the instructors. For
the repertoire list for Massed, TINS, COPPERS and BCC click here.

Once again we will offer a Bronze Conference Choir track by application, for repertoire click here and
application click here. Sondra Tucker will be the conductor. This track will run from 1pm on Friday
finishing up on Saturday evening sharing a concert with the Showcase concerts. The BCC will be
playing one of their pieces in the closing concert and are encouraged to participate in the Massed



The Area 10 Handbell Conference is a sponsored event and as such participants must be individual members (regular member, full time student or retired musician member) or a member of a participating choir that holds a membership (or the director of that choir holds an individual membership) to receive the Member Registration rate. Please indicate your membership number (or that of your director’s or organization’s number) on the form. If you know you are a member but don’t remember your membership number check the address block on your current Overtones, the number is located above your name.

Included in registration is entrance to all concerts, workshops/classes, Division and Massed ringing. For the registration form click here.  For the Bronze Conference Choir Application click here.

The registration form allows you to register as a full/partial choir or as an orphan. With spaces to indicate: that you would like to participate in the Saturday Night Showcase Concert, sign-up for a Certification Class, order BCC music and the conference T-shirts with our logo (see above) on the left chest; black screen printing on Carolina Blue shirts.

Registration for members is: $190/person before April 15th, after $210/person

Registration for non-members is: $285/person before April 15th, after $305/person

Non-member fee includes a one year membership in Handbell Musicians of America

Click here to learn what you get as a member of Handbell Musicians of America

You may ask: What does the registration fee pay for? Here is a quick look at our expenses:

  • Facility Rental at Everett Community College
  • Staging, Audio and Table Rentals from an outside vendor
  • Honorariums for our Clinicians
  • Housing and Transportation for our Clinicians
  • Honorarium for Seattle Handbell Orchestra
  • Honorariums for Workshop and Certification Instructors
  • Equipment transport
  • Board Expenses (the board works behind the scenes to make sure all runs smoothly)
  • Miscellaneous: Printing, Postage, etc.


The conference is being held on a Community College Campus.  This location allows us to meet our space needs at a very reasonable rate. However, this option doesn’t allow us to provide campus housing or student meals options.  Click here for details about housing and meal options in the vicinity of Everett Community College.



Massed Ringing and the Bronze Conference Choir – Sondra Tucker

Sondra lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband of 35 years. They have a daughter and two granddaughters in Denver, and a son and his wife in Memphis. Sondra is a retired organist/choirmaster, but keeps busy subbing for other organist colleagues, except for Sundays when her bell choir, the Holy Communion Ringers of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, ring.

She serves as Past Chair and Webmaster of Area 6, and heads the West Tennessee Handbell Association, which puts on a yearly festival in early March. Sondra has been clinician for local and Area festivals and denominational conferences all over the country and will return to teaching the Master Series in Composition for HMA in Grand Rapids in July.

Her handbell music is in the catalogs of all leading handbell publishers, and she regularly completes commissions for church and community groups. She is handbell editor for Alfred Handbell, and also writes and self-publishes flute ensemble music and weird handbell music that doesn’t fit the publishing niche. The Tuckers foster Shelties, and have three of our own, whom they refer to as the Wayward Dogs. They like to ride their Harleys when the weather is nice and are Houston Astros fanatics.

Tins and Coppers Director – Matthew Compton

Matthew, a native of Colorado Springs, has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007, when he was in the seventh grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. Since then he has had numerous compositions and arrangements published. Matthew’s music has been selected for the repertoire of regional and national handbell festivals, including Distinctly Bronze East and West, and the International Handbell Symposium.

Matthew is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in music-focusing on composition and conducting. During his time at Concordia, he rang with the Alleluia Ringers, a touring handbell choir; sang with Kammerchor, a touring vocal choir; started a student handbell choir to perform at an annual campus event; and was the handbell director at a local church.

Since January 2017 he has been the artistic director/conductor of Bells of the Cascades and the Director Music Ministries at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church.

Seattle Handbell Orchestra – Friday Night Concert

The Seattle Handbell Orchestra is comprised of The Emerald City Ringers, Bells of the Sound and The Rainier Ringers. Each of these ensembles will also perform a piece on their own.